Many people mistake peanut sauce as just a thinner version of peanut butter. They couldn't be more wrong!
Peanut sauce is completely its own thing and is very different from peanut butter. For starters, unlike any average peanut butter, peanut sauce is a lot less thick and creamy, making it easy to drizzle it over any food.
It is also more heavy in the flavour department, with some variety of peanut sauce even being spicy!
Peanut sauce is commonly thought to be Thai in origin, but it is actually more of an Indonesian thing. Indonesian peanut sauce tends to be thick in consistency and more nutty in taste, making it a good sauce for covering barbeque meat.
Meanwhile the Thai peanut sauce is much more diverse in its uses and a bit more flavourful then it's Indonesian counterpart. You'll know what we are talking about when you make our Thai peanut sauce we are about to tell you!
Ingredients - What is Thai peanut sauce made of?
- Dark Soy Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Rice Vinegar
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- Warm Water
- Ginger root
- Garlic cloves
See recipe card for quantities.
Instructions - How to Make Peanut Sauce
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine Peanut Butter, Dark Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Chili Garlic Sauce, Honey, Sriracha, freshly grated ginger root, finely chopped garlic cloves.
- Squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Pour some warm water until it reaches a dipping or a pouring consistency.
- And, Voila! Your Peanut Sauce is ready.
- Tamari - For a gluten-free, Soy-Free, and Vegan Version you can use Tamari in place of Soy Sauce.
- Homemade Hot Sauce - You can replace Sriracha with Homemade Hot Sauce.
- Sweet Chili Sauce - Instead of Chili Garlic Sauce you can also use Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (only it will be quite sweet)
- Spicy - To make Spicy Peanut Sauce you can add some chopped bird eye chilies or red pepper flakes.
- Salty - To make your Peanut Sauce salty you can add some more Dark Soy Sauce.
- Creamy - If you want your Peanut Sauce more creamy, then add some more Peanut Butter.
You can store Peanut Sauce in a sealed airtight glass jar for at least 2-3 months. These homemade Sauces are so helpful and makes cooking a breeze.
- In this recipe, generally people use Chili Garlic Sauce. But, I don't prefer chili garlic sauce. I like to use Sweet Chili Sauce with some extra cloves or freshly minced garlic and some sriracha for that heat.
- If your sauce is too thin then you can add some peanut butter to get the desired consistency.
- If your sauce is too thick then you can add some warm water to get the pouring consistency.
Peanut Sauce Recipe
- ½ cup Peanut Butter natural unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon low sodium dark soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 4 cloves garlic freshly minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger root grated
- 4 tablespoon warm water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine all ingredients except warm water. Stir well until it becomes smooth and creamy.
- Pour warm water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix until it reaches a desirable consistency. If you are using it as a dipping sauce then you need more water (upto 3 tablespoons), and if you are using it as a pouring sauce then you need just 2 tablespoons of warm water.
- If you need more saltiness then add some more dark soy sauce or tamari. for heat you can add some crushed red pepper flakes. For sweetness you can add some maple syrup or brown sugar or honey. Use it in your favorite recipe or store it in a jar.